Introducing Stereoshock…

Stereoshock’s “Au Revoir” is a gorgeous, cinematic, ambient instrumental – the most appealing I’ve heard aside from Bing Satellites or scores by Hans Zimmer. Stereoshock (a.k.a. 21-year-old Producer/Composer Josh Cohen) submitted the song with an eloquent description detailing his goal to make the piece an “uplifting, emotionally driven soundscape” with an easily accessible, universal central theme and a more personal, emotional undercurrent. The song is a great success at all of the above and more.

Our Streets Will Carry Echoes. Our Silence Will Live On.

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Lykanthea: Migration

By: Brendan

Migration is the first in a projected 5-part series by Lykanthea. It’s a dreamily ambient collection of songs wherein ethereal vocals swim in the enticing sound of Lykanthea’s complex score. For me, the electronic beat of “Hand and Eye” seemed out of place in the otherwise mellow set. However, Migration is at times reminiscent of the Julee Cruise/Angelo Badalamenti Twin Peaks soundtrack and one of the most interesting collections I’ve heard this year.

Bing Satellites: New Mp3s & Full Album Downloads!

By: Brendan

The prolific Brin Coleman has several new Bing Satellites releases for your listening pleasure. Below are just a few selections, all available for free download at Archive.org and/or a Name Your Price (including $0) download at Bandcamp…

Bing Satellites – Motif (Mp3 Download Page)

Bing Satellites – Motif One from bing satellites on Vimeo.

Bing Satellites – Und (Mp3 Download Page)

Bing Satellites – Live in Salford and Manchester (Mp3 Download Page)

A comprehensive list of Bing Satellites music can be found here. Brin also continues to release a 2-hour compilation each week on his Mostly Ambient Radio Show.

After an attempt to listen to more classical music, Vic and I have been listening daily to the soothing tones of Bing Satellites and can’t recommend it enough. Playing “Please Don’t Call Me Bill Baxter” on repeat had the effect of a hot bath on a cold day.

Various Artists: Variations of Chopin

Variations of Chopin is a compilation featuring modern interpretations of works by my favorite classical composer, Fryderyk Chopin. Released by the small Scottish (by way of Poland) indie label Too Many Fireworks, Variations of Chopin puts an ambient and electro-pop spin on Chopin’s classical melodies.

The album is bookended by interpretations of “Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A Major.” Neil Milton’s straightforward but nonetheless pretty piano take is a very brief 48-second opener. Thankfully, Clem Leek’s magnificent, mindblowingly lovely finale of the same piece has an almost three minute life. But we’ll get to that later.

It’s during Black Antlers’ somewhat eerie rendering of “Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 in D Flat Major” that you slowly become aware that this is not your standard classical album. Though the work’s central melody is tightly woven into the cover, there are just enough electronic embellishments to give it some extra oomph.

Miaoux Miaoux then completely abandons the classical realm for a full-on electro-pop cover of “Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1 in F Minor.” You would never guess all those beats and blips were born from a Chopin arrangement.

deSelby gives a beautiful, somewhat Baroque acoustic guitar cover of “Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E Flat Major.” Even if you don’t know the original Chopin composition, you may recognize the melody from the end of Muse’s “United States of Eurasia/Collateral Damage.

Some of the other covers are a tad too experimental for my taste, though I still admire the concept.

And then we have that spectacular finale. Clem Leek’s rendition pf “Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A Major” swirls with ghostly vinyl scratches, distant sparse piano, harmonica and creaky violins. It’s absolutely fantastic.

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Free Ambient music from Dying Machines

By: Brendan

My favorite piece from Dying Machines’ EP, What I Have Not Forgotten, is “It Has Been” — a gorgeous cinematic track which builds to an excruciating climax. You can stream that song and download the collection’s opening track, “So We Lived,” below. Their debut, Nicht Sprechen, was released last year.

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